MANCHESTER UNITED have made the right decision to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract as it ‘suited both parties’.
That’s according to Liverpool hero Danny Murphy, who admits it’s “a shame” that Ronaldo’s second stint at Old Trafford ended on such a sad note.
United have torn up the star striker’s £500,000-a-week contract after his recent explosive interview in which he criticized the club from top to bottom.
But Murphy claims the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can now find a new challenge that will allow him to continue playing regularly while the Red Devils can move on.
The 37-year-old’s next destination is unknown as he is currently focused on Portugal and the World Cup, but Chelsea have been linked with a bid.
However, Murphy insists the Blues should stay away as they would inherit the same problems as United.
The ex-midfielder claims Ronaldo wouldn’t suit Chelsea manager Graham Potter’s philosophy as he likes to spin and therefore wouldn’t kick him on a regular basis.
Talk to Lord PingMurphy said: “I think it’s a shame it ended this way. We’re talking about one of the greatest players who ever lived, a guy who inspired kids and footballers all over the world by demonstrating what you can achieve with hard work and talent.
“He’s done remarkable things in the game, and I don’t like the fact that he’s leaving a club he had such an affinity with, in a negative way.
“I hope over time he will be remembered for all the good things he did there and I think that will be the case. It’s a shame for him and for the club. I think it’s a decision that suits both Sometimes things do end, and when things end because of a breakdown, it’s very rare that they end well.
“I think it’s the right decision. He needs a new challenge and will want to finish his last year or two in the game playing regularly. Good luck to him. In an ideal world, these things wouldn’t happen. and would be processed behind closed doors.
“I think over time it will die out. I don’t think he will be forgotten, but his successes, his goals and his triumphs will be remembered, not this incident.
“For United, they can go ahead now and put this to bed. They can focus on improving the young players they have and can bring in new ones.
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“As for the move to Chelsea, I don’t see it. I think Graham Potter would inherit the same problems if he didn’t play him every week, and Graham Potter likes to rotate.
“In fact, he’s a manager who never plays the same team every week. I don’t think Ronaldo would be too committed to his rotation policy. I really don’t see that happening. I’d be amazed if that was the case.”